"Primal repression" charcoal and pencil drawing on Fabriano cotton 46cm x 34cm.
Freud postulated that the term “primal repression” refers to the originating moment of repression, for which acts as a centre that attracts future repressed elements.
This is drawing represents my story into both art and mental illness. This for me represents the moment I decided to deal with a long-standing anxiety issue and my moment of choice. I either tackled it head on, or I became worse, with the shadows of depression creeping in.
Anxiety and depression are not a conscious decision, and they are not conditions that are as simple as “just getting over it”. For many that go through mental health issues, any thought of happiness seems like an unreachable destination and the unwarranted emotions of fear, anger and frustration seem to drive your day. But the moment that you decide to get help, to seek support, it liberates you, releasing the shackles that holds you down.
I completed this drawing out of a desire to raise awareness for those that go through mental health issues and for those that care and support people that go through it. Such organisations as Beyondblue, RU OK, and Headspace provide such outlets as well as GP’s and nurses. It is through these people and the loving support of family that you can out the dark days behind you and live free.
Getting through my dark period 4 years ago was challenging but there has been so many good things to come out of it for me, that I have definitely have profited from these bad time. I discovered art, became a more tolerant and patient person, as well as becoming a better father and husband. I have learnt skills to help me cope properly in stressful times, and this has had a tremendous impact on all aspects of my life.
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